"The otherworld has seven realms," said Stella as she walked the new American girl named Bloom on a tour around The Magic School of Alfea Campus. It's a Hogwarts kind-of-school for fairies they even make reference to Harry Poter in episode 1. Unlike a great deal of the studentship at Alfea, Bloom is the odd-girl out, she was born as a human but from a "dormant bloodline." Bloom is a Changeling.
What's a Changeling? According to Wikipedia:
A changeling, also historically referred to as an auf or oaf, is a human-like creature found in folklore and folk religion throughout Europe. A changeling was believed to be a fairy child that had been left in place of a human child stolen by the fairies.
FATE unknown is encapsulated into this series tale? A bigger question is, why are fairies baby-swapping with unsuspecting humans? How long has this been going on and what's the end game?
Social Dynamics: Stella manipulates light and is the only daughter of the Queen, a popular mentor on campus, and is sleeping with Sky. Aisha is the Bella Black fairie; she can manipulate water. Terra is the sweet-hearted nurturing-type whose gifted with a magical green thumb. Okay, she's got two magical green thumbs, but the most important thing to remember about Terra is that "don't cross her, lest everything be "vine."
Terra also has a crush on Dane, though from reviewing the first few episodes, I can tell that Dane is into Riven. Fate will play itself out and I'll be watching.
The history of this series goes back to a 2004 cartoon titled: The WINX CLUB whose story plot was:
"At Alfea College, fairy warriors from all over the universe study to improve their supernatural powers. Bloom from planet Earth joins them upon discovery of her magical ability.."
The Winx cartoon was awesome and believe it or not, with the very same story plot Netflix's new series is captivating magic. The cartoon's demand yielded 8 seasons of broadcast, Godspeed the same fate to the new series whose plot states:
The cartoon was awesome and Netflix's new series is captivating magic. The cartoon's demand yielded 8 seasons of broadcast, Godspeed the same fate to the new series whose plot reads:
"Fairies attend a magical boarding school in the Otherworld, where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence."
The cast of fresh faces is mostly from the UK, with the exception of Bloom. The star of the series is portrayed by an actress named Abigail Cowen, from Gainsville, Florida and it's obvious that she stands out culturally among her castmates. This strengthens Bloom's storyline - she is a changeling and not like the others. I am sure this was a part of the casting Science because everyone knows that coincidences are fiction. So are fairies, but in this show, they are a metaphor for strength in togetherness.
I watched the entire season and it is a hit, from the storyline situations, to set design, from societal reflections to suggestions of unity, this series works and I believe that it will go long. If for no other reason than, It has wings.